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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a top law firm known for its international law practice, serving heavyweight corporate clients around the world.



Founded in 1931, Debevoise & Plimpton’s 750-strong attorney-workforce represent multinational corporate clients in virtually every major practice area. Debevoise & Plimpton is particularly well-equipped to represent and counsel corporations, and either it or its attorneys have been named as industry leaders in terms of competent business counsel.[1]

Debevoise & Plimpton has always been deeply committed to pro bono work and public service. Debevoise & Plimpton believes that it is not only a professional responsibility to represent the poor, but also a good way to add a bit of interest to the practice of law. Debevoise & Plimpton has committed to contribute at least 5% of their annual billed time to pro bono matters. In 2009 Debevoise & Plimpton attorneys contributed 75,916 hours to pro bono work in the United States.[2]

Debevoise & Plimpton is also dedicated to supporting the growth of diversity in their organization. Recognizing that employing individuals with diverse religious, political, ethnic, and social backgrounds can build a stronger firm, Debevoise & Plimpton has a Diversity Committee led by a full-time Diversity Manager who meet regularly to achieve certain goals for diversity in the workforce.[3]

Debevoise & Plimpton Areas of Practice

Debevoise & Plimpton has over 30 areas of specialized practice. A list of their general practice groups is as follows:[4]

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental Practice
  • Executive Compensation
  • Finance
  • Financial Institutions
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Hedge Funds
  • Latin America Practice
  • Litigation
  • Media & Communications, Technology and Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates

Debevoise & Plimpton Offices

Debevoise & Plimpton has 8 offices worldwide. It is headquartered in New York City, New York.[5]

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • London
  • Paris
  • Frankfurt
  • Moscow
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai

Debevoise & Plimpton Size

Debevoise & Plimpton employs over 750 attorneys worldwide.[6]

Debevoise & Plimpton Recruiting

Associates at Debevoise & Plimpton praise the intelligence of their coworkers, the wealth of pro bono opportunities and international work, as well as a feeling of job security. Complaints usually centered on office politics, with some complaining that the firm was too cautious in its approach, possibly leading some to believe that they may never have a chance at partnership.[7]

Debevoise & Plimpton reportedly seeks to hire those who can manage themselves, and not need constant supervision. They seek intellectuals but also place a heavy emphasis on a good personality.[8] Debevoise & Plimpton typically hires from their summer associates pool. The firm engages in on-campus recruiting and visits a number of legal job fairs.[9]

Debevoise & Plimpton also offers benefits similar to many other top law firms. Associates can expect to receive spousal benefits, including for same-sex partners, parental/maternal childcare and primary caregiver leave. Additionally, Debevoise & Plimpton offers flexible part-time scheduling options for those who need it. Other perks include a discounted gym membership program and a technology reimbursement program.[10]

Debevoise & Plimpton Salary & Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
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Based on January 2007 figures.

Class of 1998 - $290,000[11]


  1. http://www.debevoise.com/files/FileControl/c89ba098-4402-4428-83f0-04f0d8140176/7483b893-e478-44a4-8fed-f49aa917d8cf/Presentation/File/201103FG.pdf
  2. http://www.debevoise.com/pro_bono/
  3. http://www.debevoise.com/diversityatdebevoise/
  4. http://www.debevoise.com/areasofpractice/
  5. http://www.debevoise.com/locations/
  6. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f317801&orgtypeid=F
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Debevoise-&-Plimpton-LLP?companyId=386
  8. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Debevoise-&-Plimpton-LLP?companyId=386
  9. http://www.debevoise.com/summerassociates/
  10. http://www.debevoise.com/associates/salariesandbenefits/
  11. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=DC0760



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